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Basic green technologies such as smart tree placement and green roofs and walls can be used to dramatically reduce energy consumption inside homes. If the trees are strategically placed, they can reduce the energy needs of cooling by 7 to 47% during the summer and from 2 to 8% the heating needs in the winter. (Sources: Washington Post and Reducing Urban Heat Islands: Compendium of Strategies, Trees and Vegetation, USEPA) In addition, well-designed residential green roofs, which are becoming increasingly popular in some parts of the world, can reduce energy consumption in the summer. and winter.

Most lawns need about one inch of water a week. The best time of the day to water the lawn (and usually any plant) is early in the morning, so it has all day to dry. You can buy a sprinkler with an automatic timer to reduce the wasting of water, or even put in an irrigation system. Using the wrong tool for the job could be ineffective and possibly even dangerous. Think about the size of the job and dictate the size of the tool accordingly. Some must-haves are safety glasses, gloves, a solid shovel and a good rake. Keep them organized and keep them clean. For specialized jobs, you might consider renting a tool, not just electrical equipment, but hand tools.

The way the sun affects the house and the site at different seasons greatly influences the overall design. The proper placement of plants is based on knowing the direction of the sun at different times of the day as well as at different times of the year. The yard should be observed throughout the day to determine areas that receive full sun (more than six hours a day), partial sun, and mostly shade. Understanding sun exposure helps us make design decisions such as planting trees to shade a patio in the summer or recognizing that putting a gargleden in an area that receives only partial sun causes little fruit when it comes time to harvest.

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